Flex sustainability initiatives that make a difference
We continually strive to embed sustainability into every aspect of our business and in the communities where we operate. Our five cornerstones, people, community, environment, innovation and integrity, form the foundation of our sustainability strategy; but it is our employees who drive positive action through our global programs, practices and initiatives.
“Our sites rally behind every sustainability project that takes place. We wanted to reward their dedication by granting them funds to further their efforts. It is a token of our appreciation for their response and on-going passion.” Francois Barbier, President of Global Operations and Components.
Thanking our employees for their passion and dedication
Just last year, our employees carried out over 540 community activities and volunteered over 50,000 hours of their time. “Remarkable” is the only way to describe their passion and dedication to sustainability.
Our sustainability initiatives resulted in several success stories, improving our workplaces and the communities where we live and work. Among others, our achievements included
- Helping local Brazilian companies recycle cardboard and plastic over the course of one year;
- Optimizing energy systems in a Mexican facility by integrating energy consumption monitoring and repairing leaks;
- Offering in-depth first aid training for more than 800 people at our Singapore site;
- Installing security systems at our location in Hungary to better ensure the safety of our employees.
The winners of this year's recognition program were chosen based on their scalability, innovation, and alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We focused on rewarding SDG4 Quality Education, SDG7 Affordable and Clean Energy, SDG8 Decent Work and Economic Growth and SDG12 Responsible Consumption and Production and the contribution made to our Flex 20 by 2020 goals. The winners will receive a monetary prize to carry out another sustainability project on-site.
We take pride in sharing these winning initiatives, by region
Our Sorocaba, Brazil team hosted a Sustainability Coffee Talk where a group shared and discussed sustainability best practices from the companies they represent, among their peers. As a result, many of the participating companies implemented reuse programs and have recycled cardboard and plastic. This initiative is aligned to SDG12 Responsible Consumption and Production, in particular to its indicator 12.5 to reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.
In Tijuana, Mexico, our team implemented facility improvements and updated procedures that resulted in both energy and cost savings. Target 7.3 of SDG 7 Affordable and Clean Energy deals with the improvement of energy efficiency. The measures undertaken by the site included energy consumption frequency monitoring, detecting and repairing leaks inside production lines, machine consumption analysis and modification, evaluation and shut down of unneeded equipment, among other initiatives which contributed to this SDG.
Our Changi South site in Singapore conducted emergency preparedness training for their employees. More than 800 employees received training on the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), First Aid, Fire-fighting, and basic emergency preparedness and knowledge. An important part of SDG8 Decent Work and Economic Growth is to promote safe and secure working environments (target 8.8). These initiatives supported those goals.
We introduced an automated protective equipment storage machine at our Suzhou, China site. This solution not only reduces the space used, but also waste generation, contributing to SDG12, decreasing inventory days substantially and reducing a 3 month process down to a mere 3-5 days.
Our team in Tab, Hungary installed a laser scanner to monitor a safety zone around an emergency exit. This simple solution now ensures emergency exits are clear 24 hours a day, safeguarding our employees so they can evacuate, should an emergency occur, in alignment to SDG8.
Pamplona, Spain welcomed students from a local vocational college to tour our renowned design and manufacturing facility. These students now have a ‘behind the scenes’ look into precision design and engineering. By allowing local students to visit our facilities we contributed to SDG4 Quality Education, specifically section 4.3 that deals with the participation rate of youth and adults in formal and non-formal education.
Staying on target with our goals
“Sustainability in our company with a presence in 100 locations in over 30 countries, can only be achieved if we set clear targets, like we do for other aspects of the business. The deadline to achieve our Flex 20 by 2020 goals is drawing close, and we want to ensure all contribute to them.” Paul Humphries, President of High-Reliability Solutions.
Recognition of our work
Our efforts have also been recognized externally. In 2019, for the second year in a row we’ve been honored with the Manufacturing Leadership Award for Sustainability Leadership. In 2018, we were granted this award for our employee participation in the Earth Day Challenge, while in this year, Sinctronics, a Flex founded company, was recognized for its leadership in circular economy.
We’ve also been included in the FTSE4Good Index for 4 years in a row for our Environmental, Social and Governance practices, and achieved a Gold Recognition Level from EcoVadis, a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) provider, placing us in the top 5% of worldwide companies assessed for their quality of responsible business practices.
We congratulate this year’s winners and thank them for their passion and dedication. It is through our employees' action that we can make a positive impact in the communities where we operate, serving the people that live in those communities, and the environment at large.